Connect with us

ArtStarts in Schools Logo

Venay Felton - Reel to Real Film Society

Discipline: Film / Video
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Established in 1998, the Reel to Real Society is a non-profit registered charity which presents the annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (R2R), and media arts programming year-round. We offer a range of workshops that create opportunities for professional artists to mentor aspiring young artists, and cultivate their appreciation and talents for filmmaking. Reel to Real works in partnership with classroom teachers to design an interactive, immersive workshop that meets your needs. Our workshop offerings include: Animation (with a point and shoot camera, students will make expressive, imaginative and cutting-edge animation using lightning doodles, pixilation, stop motion or more traditional animation techniques); Digital Storytelling (digital stories are first-person narratives that are illustrated with animation, photographs, music, video clips and some live action; in this workshop students will be guided through the stages of preparation, script writing, image selection and editing of their stories); Documentary (documentary is a powerful medium for communicating a message and instigating change; in this exciting workshop students learn how to use film to ask hard-hitting questions and tell real-life stories about the issues they care about); iPad Workshop (explore iPad photography and video editing; this workshop encourages students to create unique short videos about local history); Sound Design (students explore the three essential ingredients of a soundtrack: dialogue, sound effects and music; small teams generate soundtracks to pre-rendered videos using iMovie and GarageBand). In all our workshops, students learn basic filmmaking techniques and tips. They will create a story outline, learn or expand their lighting and camera skills, and practice editing and sound. At the end of the workshop, they will have produced a short video. R2R will work with you to decide which form it will take: experimental, narrative, animated, documentary or digital storytelling.


The students put in a hard day's work and felt a HUGE sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Your workshop is challenging, fun, exciting and rewarding. It promotes true collaboration between the students and they loved it! Deborah Roos, École Jules Quesnel

Project Examples

BC Stories

BC Stories empowers students to conceive, plan, shoot, edit and screen short films that speak about their lives and their community: its art, culture and history. Through the creative medium of digital filmmaking, students will gain powerful leadership skills, a deepened connection with their local community, and an enriched capacity for learning through media creation. This is an interactive, immersive program that fosters artistic expression for students, and a collaborative project that works in partnership with artists, classroom teachers and school administration. Using low-cost, accessible technology, students will have the opportunity to explore, document and share their local histories. The program encourages participation of parents and community members. It will also reinforce English language skills for English language learners. We teach animation and documentary, using digital cameras and computers or iPads.

Browse Artists in the Classroom Directory